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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Cessna Begins Assembly Line Flow on Citation Latitude

Woodrow Bellamy III

[Aviation Today June 18, 2014] Cessna announced the start of the full assembly line flow for its Citation Latitude midsize business jets, with the airframe manufacturer introducing several new technological advancements including automated robotics and new tooling stations. 

The first production aircraft off the revamped assembly line will serve as the fourth flight test aircraft under the Citation Latitude certification program. Cessna flew the first Citation Latitude prototype in February, achieving Mach speed of 0.80 and reaching an altitude of 45,000 feet. The company is expecting FAA type certification for the Citation Latitude by the second quarter of 2015.

“We are not only bringing technological advances to the design of our new products, but also to the way we manufacture these world-class airplanes,” said Scott Ernest, president and CEO, Textron Aviation. “The Latitude is a perfect example of this, combining a new innovative design with many of the latest advances in manufacturing technology. Beginning production line flow keeps us on target for meeting our commitments to customers who are eager to take delivery of their new Citation Latitude.” 

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